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The Means of Production-Poem by Robert Beveridge
Suicide of Living-Poem by John D. Robinson
It's On My List-Poem by Judith Partin-Nielsen
Hoarding Life-Poem by Michael Keshigian
Homeless in NYC-Poem by Michael Keshigian
Death Speaks-Poem by Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal
Time Stops-Poem by Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal
House of Un-Reality-Poem by Dr. Mel Waldman
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Dark Tales from Gent's Pens

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Art by Ann Marie Rhiel 2018

HOMELESS IN NYC

 

by Michael Keshigian

 

 

He crossed 42nd to get to Fifth

towards midtown

and just paces in front of him

an old lady pushed a shopping cart

full of identity.

 

Bags of cans dangled

from each elbow

and clanged as she waddled,

dressed in clothes

worse than a country scarecrow

 

though her straw-gray hair

hung longer,

tied in a tail with brown hosiery

to match her stoic, weathered face

and it pained his heart

 

when suddenly she squatted

in a deep knee bend,

like she was picking

something off the sidewalk,

and there she froze

 

as he quickly approached

to help,

unaware of the problem

till a puddle formed

and its river flowed around his shoes

 

down the curb

and in the privacy of her mind,

she transformed

his sympathy

to confused helplessness.

 

Michael Keshigian’s twelfth poetry collection, Into the Light, was released in April, 2017 by Flutter Press. He has been published in numerous national and international journals, including Oyez Review, Red River Review, Sierra Nevada College Review, Oklahoma Review, and Chiron Review.  He has appeared as feature writer in over twenty publications, with six Pushcart Prize and two Best of the Net nominations. (michaelkeshigian.com)



Ann Marie Rhiel is the Assistant Art Director for Yellow Mama Webzine. She was born and raised in Bronx, New York, presently living in New Jersey. She reconnected with her passion for art in 2016 and has had her work exhibited in art galleries around northern New Jersey ever since. She is a commissioned painting artist, who also enjoys photography. Her work has also appeared in Black Petals and Megazine Official.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2018